Review: #Rev

#Rev by Cambria Hebert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I want to say this was definitely above four stars but not quite five for me.

This is the continuation of Drew and Trent’s story. Drew is now the face of a new indie racing circuit. Trent is running towards graduation and trying to find a frat pres to take the helm when he leaves. They’re trying to work things out in the will they/should they tale.

It was a nail biter to the end…and so worth a read. So much to love as Trent and Drew traverse the fine line of having a relationship and putting it out there or keeping it quiet or just giving up. And let me tell you, a racer and a footballer do not like to give up…unless it means keeping a happy life.

The only thing I didn’t like about this was the feeling of redundant thoughts towards the end of the book. To me–and maybe I just read too many of these types of stories–it was like a skipping record of the constant internal arguments. (I admit to even having this same problem in what I write, so it’s not bothersome so much as always in my mind that I notice.)

Still worth a read, especially when it comes to the need to know what happened next and what will they decide.

Also, the book covers are designed to mimic the magazine interviews within the story. Reminds me of that television show I liked in the 90s, Just Shoot Me.

There are two more books in the series, but this one concludes Drew and Trent’s tale beautifully.

*A NOVEMBER 2016 READ* The last one…the end of the year stretch is here…

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Review: #Junkie

#Junkie by Cambria Hebert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book came as a great surprise to me. I’m not sure what I thought I was picking up on Kindle when I go this. Could have been an accidental purchase. Which does happen. I went into the story thinking it was one of my typical romances…

And it was for the most part. Total M/M story. I didn’t mind it at all.

Drew Forrester is a speed #junkie. He races cars and doesn’t brake often. And by races, I mean on the streets and not the track.

Trent Mask is a football player and frat boy at the local university. He’s Drew’s best friend.

One drunken night at a frat party as Drew is putting Trent to bed, Trent spills a little secret about himself. He has a crush on Drew.

And so begins this very rom-com story of two guys who might like each other, but it might be weird, but the heart wants what it wants. Love cannot be denied. Can it?

It was sweet and frustrating and so good. The love story mixes and mingles with a sports/frat story and zooms in and around a racing story. SO much going on, but it works seemlessly. I can’t say enough about this book. And a word of warning, and i hope this isn’t spoiling anything…

IT ENDED WITH A CLIFFHANGER!!! Needless to say, i bought the second book just so I could read more and get some sort of resolution to their story. There are two more books beyond this one in the GearShark series. But the first two center on Drew and Trent’s will they/should they relationship.

It was a great story. M/M again…in case it’s not glaringly obvious…or should you sleep-buy books, too.


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Review: Replica

Replica by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 STARS!!!

This is a book similar to Only Revolutions where it flips. You can read all of one POV or read a chapter of each POV at a time. I used the second approach, staring with Lyra then going to Gemma and back after each chapter. While Gemma’s part of the story is longer, I think you get more of an idea about Haven, this research place that dominates both sides of the story.

Yes, there is some overlap, but it’s handled in such a way, the similar parts felt entirely different.

Lyra has lived in Haven her whole life. She’s never experienced any other life outside of doctors, nurses who are creeped out by her very existence, and tests. She barely gets a human touch, but the few she’s had, she holds onto like a treasure in her mattress.

So Gemma is this girl, trying to survive high school bullies and being overweight and liking boys though none seem to like her. She’s trying to get some sort of life, but her parents keep her on such a short leash, there isn’t much life to be had.

And then Haven is destroyed. Lyra is free, Gemma needs to solve the mystery surrounding the place and how it relates to her family…and when their worlds finally collide, the story gets twisty and crooked.

You’re left with a spinning head, wondering, “How did I not see that coming? This is insane!” As I read, and approached the center of the book where both stories end, I kept thinking how the story wouldn’t be resolved. There was no way it felt even close to finished.

I was right. It ended with a major cliffhanger. Had I known it was book one, I’d have waited, because now, I’m left to wonder what’s going on.

If you’re a patient soul, then I say read it now! And if you like to wait, I say read it anyway!


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Review: Until Friday Night

Until Friday Night
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh gosh… I loved this book. Footballers, Friday nights, and shy, quiet girls. A lot of good old drama and angst. Definitely FOUR STARS…FOUR AND A QUARTER.

It starts out at a typical footballer party one Friday night. In the middle of Alabama. Fields and stars. Trucks and dude and girls.

Maggie had just moved in with her Aunt and Uncle, her cousin sort of forced into bringing her. She hung in the shadows not really wanting to talk to anyone. Not really talking since her mother’s death.

West, footballer and party goer, was also not in the mood to talk to anyone. He hated being at a party when life at home wasn’t going as life should. He was dealing and reeling…his girlfriend driving him insane.

He found Maggie all alone. She didn’t talk to him. That’s okay, he didn’t want to talk. They kissed at that party.

From there, the stories of West and Maggie’s lives collide in similarities. While she never talks, he falls for her. Their bond grows and eventually…

Well, to talk about this in detail would mean I was spoiling it all. I will say that like most romantic tales, love grows and builds up then crumbles then tries again on shaky legs. I actually did cry a few times, but more for personal reasons related to West.

I loved this one so much, I’m planning on getting the sequels soon to read on about tiny town football in Alabama. A very good story that I would watch as a movie. (Varsity Blues anyone?)


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Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 STARS to Paris and the love it can spawn….

Ah, Par-ee. Beautiful at every turn. Historic. Romantic. Le Tower Eiffel. Croissant. Cafe. Oui?

Well, when Anna arrives for her senior year of high school, she doesn’t see it. I mean, it’s her senior year, and her dad shipped her off to a whole other world instead of letting her stay in Georgia with her friends and family. But, that’s okay. She makes a few friends at the School of America in Paris. (SOAP)

One of them meets her that first night because Anna is upset and crying over being abandoned in Paris…Meredith. Through her, she befriends Josh, Rashmi, and Etienne St. Clair.

He’s the one…Etienne, or St. Clair as everyone calls him. The boy with a French name, a British accent (yes, girls, you can melt) from America. And by he’s the one, I mean, he’s the one who gets Anna out. He takes her on tours of the City of Lights. Places she’s dreamed of, places she never thought to go…and she gets a little crush on him. But then so does the rest of the school.

The problem? She has this guy back home…Toph. The problem is, they weren’t really a thing, but they did kiss…and left it like that when she went off to school, leaving Anna confused. St. Clair also has a girlfriend at a college not too far from SOAP. It doesn’t bode well for a fling in the City of Romance for the two.

And that’s where the story shines. It’s this whole struggle of will they or won’t they or what would happen ifs… This was supposed to be my night read because Replica I have in hardback and I can’t see it in the dark…but I wound up reading this every chance I had to read anything. (Sorry, Lauren Oliver…it was good drama and I got addicted too fast.)

LOVED this story so much! I definitely recommend this one for a read.


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